Danny Boyle and Alex Garland are in the midst of developing a sequel to 28 Days Later, titled 28 Years Later.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Years Later will be directed by Boyle and written by Garland, who shared the same tasks for their 2002 film, 28 Days Later. That film secured a sequel in 2007, 28 Weeks Later, though the pair of Boyle and Garland only executive-produced.
Now, it is being reported that 28 Years Later will kick off an entirely new trilogy for the franchise, with Boyle set to direct the first of the three films, while Garland writes for all three. The budget for each film in the trilogy, per The Hollywood Reporter, is currently USD $75million. A release date for 28 Years Later has yet to be announced, and neither has its cast.
2002’s 28 Days Later revolutionised the zombie film industry with sprinting and more aggressive zombies and a much darker, dreadful and bleak tone throughout the film. It starred a young Cillian Murphy, who was still rather unknown at the time.
While Murphy’s character Jim was originally killed off at the end, the scene was deleted, with the character ultimately surviving the terrifying events of the film.
The Independent spoke to Murphy about 28 Years Later when Boyle first told Inverse about the project in July 2023. At the time, Boyle said that he was currently “talking about it quite seriously, quite diligently” with Garland, adding that, if Garland didn’t want to direct the film, he himself would “be well up for it”.
“That’s great to hear,” he said of the news. “I didn’t know that – I would be there in a flash. I made two movies with both of those guys, and I would love to work with them again. Of course, I’m there.”